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Woman pleads guilty to smuggling cocaine in wedge heels from Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2014 | 1:23 PM

A 25-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle nearly two kilograms of cocaine in wedge heels from Jamaica.

According to the Caribbean Media Corporation, Iveliza Perez pleaded guilty to the charge following an investigation by US Customs and Border Protection, the Philadelphia Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

Reports indicate that she had been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 or more grams of cocaine, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 23.

Perez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison with a maximum potential sentence of 40 years.

According to case records, Perez was approached in May 2013, by two individuals soliciting her participation in a cocaine smuggling operation.

She accepted US$500 before travelling to Jamaica and was promised between US$3,000 and US$4,000 upon successful delivery of the drugs into the United States.

The authorities say her co-conspirators paid for her flight as well as lodging in Jamaica, and arranged for her bags to be packed with three pairs of wedge heels, altered to conceal narcotics.

Perez was reportedly caught with 2 kilograms of cocaine upon her entry into the United States.


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